Swiss watchmaker IWC and brand ambassadors Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, two famous Formula One drivers, have jointly developed two models each Limited edition of 250 special edition watches. The two Silver Arrow racers personally introduced the engineer’s chronograph watch they participated in designing and named after them. At the same time, IWC also announced that it will continue its partnership with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One ™ Team.
In addition to having an obsessive professional obsession with Formula 1 sports, Louis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg share the same passion for mechanical watches. As the brand ambassadors of IWC, they have participated in the design of their own personalized watches. On the eve of the first practice round of the Singapore Grand Prix, two notable racers unveiled the mystery of these two watches at an event organized by IWC. ‘Louis and Nico are not only unique, successful athletes, but also creative. The idea of launching two limited edition special edition watches immediately sparked their great interest. I firmly believe that these two models Unique watches have an irresistible charm for motorsports lovers and watch connoisseurs, and will be highly respected, ‘said Georges Kern, chief executive of IWC. The cooperation between the two parties has achieved great results: The special edition of the engineer’s chronograph ‘Louis Hamilton’ (model: IW379602) is tough and full of technical charm, while the special edition of the engineer’s chronograph ‘Nico Rosberg’ (model: IW379603) It is lighter and more sporty. The design cooperation between IWC and two outstanding Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS drivers aims to equip these two drivers with an exclusive watch that expresses their personal characteristics, while also branding The theme of ‘Performance Engineering’ was carried forward by these two successful Silver Arrow riders. ‘To our surprise, Louis and Nico have specific ideas for the ideal watch in their minds,’ said Christian Knoop, creative director of IWC. ‘We can truly feel Their love for watches is beyond words. With their deep understanding and keen aesthetics, they actively participate in the design process and do their best for the two watch pieces that are finally presented to us. ‘
There is more to the front of the track
Choosing a chronograph from the engineer’s watch family as the basis for design is no accident. On the one hand, chronographs are the best choice for sports timing. On the other hand, since 2013, the engineer series has been introduced as titanium Metal, carbon fiber, and ceramics are typical racing materials to pay tribute to the global partnership between IWC and Mercedes-AMG. For Nico Rosberg and Louis Hamilton, the case material for their exclusive watches is titanium. This gray light metal is mainly used in high-performance components in motorsports, and its satin finish is visually striking. Both rugged timepieces are equipped with IWC-manufactured calibre 89361, one of the most efficient movements of the brand. The IWC double detent winding system specially designed for this movement and developed in-depth is one of the most powerful driving devices used in IWC masterpieces of advanced watchmaking. The chronograph dial above the watch shows the accumulated hours and minutes and can be read as easily as the dial time. The central second hand is used to measure time within one minute. For drivers who often participate in world racing competitions, another very useful flyback feature of the watch makes it easy to measure the stop time during the race. Each of the two special edition watches is limited to 250 pieces, with a special case back: a titanium fiber case is embedded with a carbon fiber badge, and the traces are clearly visible. The certificate attached to each watch proves that the material was originally from Mercedes A silver arrow racing car owned by AMG Petronas. The bottom of the case is closed with sapphire glass and is waterproof. The inner surface of the sapphire glass is printed with the personal logo of Nico Rosberg or Louis Hamilton.
Louis Hamilton’s Personality Timepiece
When Louis Hamilton visited the IWC watch factory a year ago, he was already impressed by the innovative spirit and high technical standards of the watchmakers. He exclaimed: ‘This visit to the IWC watch factory in Schaffhausen impressed me deeply with their dedication. They were passionate and proud to work tirelessly for the success of IWC. .
‘He then participated in the creation with the design team and tried different materials, colors and surface structures in the watchmaking workshop.’ I want a watch with a sense of technology. Louis Hamilton said, ‘The carbon fiber dial, buttons, crown, crown protection and zirconia screw caps of this watch directly reflect the high-tech materials of Formula One.
‘Louis Hamilton loves metal bracelets in particular, so for the special edition of the engineer’s chronograph’ Louis Hamilton ‘, carefully selected titanium with good skin tolerance and durability as the bracelet material. Hamilton has always been He is fascinated by technology. He brings us the only watch with a titanium bracelet in the entire IWC product range.
Nico Rosberg’s Personal Timepiece
As early as a teenager, Nico Rosberg received an IWC watch from his father. Since then, he has forged an indissoluble bond with this famous Swiss professional luxury watch brand. Last year, at an event held by IWC in Munich, Nico Rosberg took off his racing suit, changed into a watchmaker’s overalls, and participated in a watchmaking class held exclusively by the brand, showing him Talent in technology and craftsmanship.
‘The watch produced by IWC not only symbolizes cutting-edge technology and first-class standards for me, but also the embodiment of passion and emotion.’ Nico Rosberg summed up his impression of IWC. ‘I also want to reflect these qualities on my watch. My favorite titanium material with black strap and light dial, the combination is contrasting and memorable.’ He and IWC creative director Christie Ann Knoop has co-designed the first draft of a special edition of the engineer’s chronograph watch, ‘Nico Rosberg’.
The titanium case, crown, crown guards and zirconia screw caps of the watch are set against a silver-plated dial, showing a relaxed and sporty temperament. The yellow seconds hand and the yellow hands in the chronograph at ’12 o’clock’ are reminiscent of a fluorescent yellow helmet. This helmet has been the hallmark of Nico Rosberg for seven years. The watch is paired with a luxuriously textured embossed calfskin lined with a rubber strap and detailed with grey stitching.
Continued cooperation with Mercedes-AMG Petronas
In addition, IWC also announced in advance that it will continue its partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team for the next three years. In early 2013, IWC started as the team’s official engineering partner and entered the new season with the team. The cooperation between the two parties will continue until the end of the 2018 season. ‘We are passionate about excellent engineering design, superb craftsmanship and innovation, just like the technical staff of the team.’ Qiao Qisi said, ‘We always pursue the highest precision performance and first-class performance, which is the same as Mercedes AMG The drivers of the Oil F1 team are the same. ‘As early as 2004, IWC had laid the cornerstone for the long-term cooperation between the brand and the high-performance brand AMG owned by Mercedes-Benz. The cooperation between the two parties is based on the exploration of mechanical limits and the unremitting pursuit of top technology.